Location: Athens, GA
March 27, 2016 9:46 am
This guy fell on the windshield my car (I did not notice) and rode with me some distance. What is it? If I cannot find its host plant soon, I don’t know what I can do for it. I have tried feeding it a variety of plants to no avail. It is super tiny and very hard to get a good picture. I hope these pictures can assist!
Though it resembles a Caterpillar, your insect is actually a Sawfly Larva, a relative of wasps and bees from the order Hymenoptera. According to About Education: “Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies and moths, which belong to the order Lepidoptera. Sawfly larvae look similar to caterpillars, but are an entirely different kind of insect. Sawflies are related to bees and wasps, and belong to the order Hymenoptera. Like caterpillars, sawfly larvae usually feed on plant foliage. How can you tell the difference between a sawfly larva and a caterpillar? Count the prolegs. Caterpillars may have up to five pairs of abdominal prolegs (see parts of a caterpillar diagram), but never have more than five pairs. Sawfly larvae will have six or more pairs of abdominal prolegs*. … There are, of course, exceptions to every rule. Caterpillars of the family Megalopygidae, the flannel moths, are unusual in having 7 pairs of prolegs (2 more pairs than any other Lepidopteran larvae). ” Your individual appears to have at least seven pairs of pro-legs. Based on this BugGuide image, we believe your individual may be a Raspberry Sawfly, Monophadnoides rubi. If that is the case, according to BugGuide, you should try feeding it rose leaves if you cannot locate raspberry leaves.
Thank you so much for this information! This is so helpful. I had no idea! Wow.
We tried a blackberry leaf earlier. I will go find some rose leaves.
Thank you! Thank you!